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Re: Paso Robles Earthquake
- To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
- Subject: Re: Paso Robles Earthquake
- From: Cratylus Consulting Group <cratylus(--nospam--at)earthlink.net>
- Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2003 14:35:19 -0800
I would have thought that SB547 (mid 1980s) would have required Paso
Robles to inventory their URMs and establish an ordinance.
If I recall the legislation correctly, I believe that the timeline
for compliance passed years ago.
Perhaps they do have an ordinance, but a few buildings slipped through!
Dennis Wish wrote:
have seen nothing on the Paso Robles earthquake discussed here and have
a couple of questions.
photos that I have seen published are very limited and the coverage on
the news is covered by the heightened security alerts in the US.
Two people died in this earthquake and I don?t take this lightly and morn
for their deaths. I would assume that these people died in the falling
rubble of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings. The question is whether or not
these buildings were retrofit. Those retrofit in the Los
Angeles area during
the Northridge earthquake held together well. The majority of total destruction
to URM?s were to those in Santa
Monica that had
not instituted its mandatory retrofit program.
anyone confirm if these buildings were not retrofit?
lady who died was Marilyn Zafuto (55-years old) and her husband who is
grieving is Dennis Zafuto. My wife is also named Marilyn and a we are in
the same age range. A chill went up my spine and reminded me to think not
only of Marilyn Zafuto and Jennifer Myrick who also died, but of our vulnerability.
let me know if Paso Robles has a retrofit ordinance in place. One thing
is certain, this was the same lesson that Santa
during the Northridge earthquake. Buildings can stand for 100 years, but
when an earthquake hits that when in the wrong location at the wrong time
these older building can fall. This is the first case that I recall (except
for a chimney or two that fell on people standing adjacent to them in the
1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake) where two live too many were lost.
S. Wish, PE
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